Why the US national anthem is terrible - and perfect

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    VoxVox

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    Vox's Estelle Caswell and Joss Fong debate "The Star Spangled Banner"
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    When Francis Scott Key attached his poem about the War of 1812 to a popular British song called "To Anacreon in Heaven," he kicked off over 200 years of painfully bad singing by patriotic Americans. The Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem of the United States in 1931, but it had been used by the Army and Navy for decades before that and was popular from the start. One big problem? The melody wasn't exactly written for the masses, but for trained soloists.
    Commentators pointed out early on that it was exceedingly difficult for most people to sing, suggesting that "America the Beautiful" might be a better alternative. Critics have noted that the music requires a uniquely wide vocal range, it's full of tricky intervals, and the lyrics are confusing and uninspiring.
    But if you look at the national anthem as a sport, where we get to watch performers at the top of their game tackle the gauntlet that is the Star Spangled Banner, you may come to appreciate it. In this video, we debate whether the difficulty of the Star Spangled Banner is a feature or a bug for a national anthem.
    Further reading:
    Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America's National Anthem www.amazon.com/Star-Spangled-Banner-Unlikely-Americas-National/dp/1421415186
    Star Spangled Music: starspangledmusic.org/
    Slate: Proudly Hailed www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2014/07/the_star_spangled_banner_four_reasons_it_shouldn_t_be_the_national_anthem.html
    Emily Cope: medium.com/@emilybcope/music-to-what-extent-does-the-star-spangled-banner-illustrate-how-melody-and-rhythm-influence-the-aff2c78853ed
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Vox
Vox

If you want to learn more about the anthem, check out this site: http://starspangledmusic.org/blog/ They're obsessed with the Star Spangled Banner and have tons of interesting facts and videos. This book by Marc Ferris is also really interesting https://www.amazon.com/Star-Spangled-Banner-Unlikely-Americas-National/dp/1421415186/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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HTHTV3
HTHTV3

@2:22 Most do not believe that *that mic* wasn't on when the late great #WhitneyHouston sung it... is there any proof? The studio where she supposedly pre-recorded it? #Receipts? Many may aim to revoke accolades she honestly earned.

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JESUS Loves cats
JESUS Loves cats

I really thought it was terrible

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Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels

Vox thanx .. for your advice... although I am a saudi man I love to listen to the US National Anthem.

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I love noodles
I love noodles

Vox This is an insult and un American. How dare you!!!!

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Toryu-Mau
Toryu-Mau

... So... Git Good? >):^?

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Free Spirit
Free Spirit

LYING HATER!

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GamingMint
GamingMint

*Stop VOX*

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Jan D
Jan D

The US should just make "This land is your land, this land is my land" their anthem. Also, imagine your current president trying to sing the anthem. He doesn't even know the words, lol.

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Julia Shab
Julia Shab

All rise for the national anthem . . . *Is this the real life, is this just fantasy*

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Marsbar Marsbar
Marsbar Marsbar

I saw this video under up next and I thought ok what does this jackass have to say and then I saw the and perfect and I was like oh😂

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Julia Burch
Julia Burch

Yall have obviously never listened to the podcast punch up the jam with miel and Demi. Demi made a PERFECT new anthem while talking about the old one, and y'all should really check the podcast out

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B 12
B 12

Sad you can’t remember the lyrics to the star spangled banner, but can to mo bamba.

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B 12
B 12

It’s not the songs fault you can’t sing.

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lordfullofyogurt
lordfullofyogurt

Watch Adam Neely.

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Loel Azarcon
Loel Azarcon

Well how rude

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Kendrick Hernandez
Kendrick Hernandez

I’ve sang this song since I was born...so I know the words by heart. Ive never met anyone who could not memorize this song or learn the words. And yes I watched the whole video. Can’t say I agree...but eh.

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Will 1
Will 1

I get chills when I sing the greatest song ever made dedicated to the greatest country in the world tf you talking about replacing it shame on you

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Shiro Kobayashi
Shiro Kobayashi

I actually love the US anthem. It's my third fave out of the 12 anthems ive heard 💙💙 love from phil 💙

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Edzilla Notlastname
Edzilla Notlastname

i haven't sung the athem in years

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Gam Jam
Gam Jam

Doesn't it have racist lyrics too?

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underestimated kid
underestimated kid

I like Indian national Anthem because it's short and easy to sing I don't know which language it is

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nata
nata

Indonesia Raya spans 12 notes and yes, I can't sing lowest and the highest note.

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IGitzDiz
IGitzDiz

yeah

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Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer

The extra notes are meant to show off

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Alex Leigh
Alex Leigh

i liked the jose felliciono

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Neon Light
Neon Light

America needs something like USSR. That anthem has a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm. Also America copied the song "To Anacreon in heaven".... made in the UK.

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Erdyanto Dwi Nugroho Zheng
Erdyanto Dwi Nugroho Zheng

+Will 1 Yeah, the lyrics was made by Francis Scott Key, but the tones were not made him, he was taken the Anacreontic Song (To Anacreon in Heaven) that actually from British song into this. He made to be higher notes than the original version (I mean the Anacreontic Song). So that's why, nobody can sing this anthem and just the trained singers can sing this. To me, I can sing this because I am trained singer when I was in school choir...........

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Will 1
Will 1

Neon Light wait wut the American anthem is naturally made by Francis Scott key

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Joel Dick
Joel Dick

I always loved the lyrics of Hail, Columbia: Hail, ye heroes, heav'n-born band, Who fought and bled in freedom's cause, Who fought and bled in freedom's cause, And when the storm of war was gone Enjoy'd the peace your valor won. Let independence be our boast, Ever mindful what it cost;

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gareter saudi arabia السعودية العظمى
gareter saudi arabia السعودية العظمى

Islamic anthem then Allah make amirca garet agien

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Lil Sergeant
Lil Sergeant

It was poem it wasn’t written with being the national anthem in mind

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Artemis420
Artemis420

O say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner — O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! (For everyone else trying to sing it while watching this)

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Gam Jam
Gam Jam

Artemis420 that's not the full song thou

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Kalani W
Kalani W

How about the Australian National anthem?

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I'm Happily In Pain
I'm Happily In Pain

I like the anthem

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Sandwich Vendor
Sandwich Vendor

if this was released in the 70s and not so popular hipsters would be calling it the most genius song ever.

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Brian Kehinde
Brian Kehinde

"Free" is on a note most people can't reach. How appropriate.

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alejandro ojeda
alejandro ojeda

Our national anthem is so easy to sing, everyone can do it, and I mean it even you can, right now,... I'm from Spain.

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Bill Branning
Bill Branning

When I was young, everyone sang it at various events.

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FlopDudeGaming
FlopDudeGaming

Communist spy. Go back to Russia. Jk

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Paz y Amor
Paz y Amor

Wait absolutely loved felicianos version ❤️

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Frella Forever
Frella Forever

Guess I have an unnatural voice, I have a 14 note range. From B3 to G5.

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Kevin
Kevin

S O V I E T A N T H E M

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melanie
melanie

LA MARSEILLAISE !!! 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

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MrMeowington
MrMeowington

woah dude, even our national anthem is better lmao 😂

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ALDC Llama Cat
ALDC Llama Cat

I think it's better that it's hard because it makes it more impressive when people sing it because not everyone can do it.

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Captain Boom
Captain Boom

Chill all of you are just trash at singing

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wesmatron
wesmatron

It originated as a bawdy drinking song in England

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Dinosuar Lover
Dinosuar Lover

i can sing it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Viktor Nikiforov
Viktor Nikiforov

Dude...it's not that hard when you can sing. But I sing it chorally, and I have to hit a high b flat at the end, since that's the first soprano part. I could never sing it all in my chest voice.

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ssplintergirl
ssplintergirl

It takes skill to be an american

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Nela MSG
Nela MSG

José Feliciano is a master 👌🏻

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YardBird Suite
YardBird Suite

what do all these singers have in common... there all drug addicts

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Mike Hunt.
Mike Hunt.

It's an awesome anthem prove me wrong. *Watches video. Yeah you failed. 🇺🇸🦅

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Austyn Guevara
Austyn Guevara

WHERE IS MARIAHS COVER

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Pablo Munoz-Snyder
Pablo Munoz-Snyder

They brought on a music theorist and didn't even talk about the textbook secondary dominants that exist in this song. They must think that we are too dumb to appreciate that.

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Edu Melero Verdú
Edu Melero Verdú

Pretty disappointed you didn't include Rosseanne's rendition, but very enjoyable video overall, nonetheless.

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Sunset Gao
Sunset Gao

You can sing something proudly without sounding good you know...

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macdaddyalexis
macdaddyalexis

I was waiting for Mariah!!!

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macdaddyalexis
macdaddyalexis

Only Mariah and Whitney sung it perfectly.

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Maya S
Maya S

Lady Gaga's rendition in 2016 is the best imo.

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Niggers Suck
Niggers Suck

Ok Vox, continue with your leftism hating America agenda.

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Colonel Catnip
Colonel Catnip

This is like saying Freddie Mercury’s music was terrible because most people can’t sing his range...

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Violet Rose
Violet Rose

So you didn’t talk about how it used to be a drinking or song or that fact that there a stanza of the original poem by scott key that celebrates the death of slaves? :( (If you don’t believe me you can look it up)

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not a asshole
not a asshole

Our national anthem isn't the best and easiest to sing. But still very very beautiful

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Christian Eesa
Christian Eesa

Sing it no matter how bad u sound It's of the people by the people for the people Proud to sing it and praise it

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Morpheus Hill
Morpheus Hill

I don't know about you, but an anthem is not made to be sung in perfect pitch by every member of that nation. It is a representation of that nation, be it's morals, prowess, or resolve. Nothing sums America up more than the star spangled banner. People seem to truly forget the sacrifices that were made to make our unique nation. On that day men literally were dying to keep the flag flying by grouping together and holding the pole up while under bombardment from the British. Not for just the flag, but for the belief behind it. A free America, the star bangled banner tells that story. It shows how patriotic Americans are, and how passionate we are for our free states. Wanting to change it because it's difficult to sing is dumb, lastly, claiming our nation for our own was not easy, and holding that flag up on that day wasn't either. Maybe you can make the sacrifice as well and sing the song, regardless of it's difficulty

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superrowen
superrowen

5:37 this guy's voice is in Jaden Smith - Icon

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Buzz Offer
Buzz Offer

The notes are not that bad and is actually within the average range of a normal human voice, although the jumps are far apart, the notes are still reasonable, you guys just suck at singing

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deja labeija
deja labeija

The trailblazers coach warmed my heart 💞

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Kawaii Love
Kawaii Love

um... i can sing it without screaming... it’s not difficult....i mean...either i’m super wrong or i’m kinda talented...idk what it is.........

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Kelvin Adithya
Kelvin Adithya

It's nice to see them to make rendition of that song. In Indonesia, people are so butthurt that if you make the rendition of the anthem, they will sue you

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DANIEL ERON
DANIEL ERON

Yeah, I’ve always thought that this anthem sucks , nice to see that I’m not the only one

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kalvin john
kalvin john

The "last gleaming" is hard and also remembering

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Iain
Iain

Our national anthem is perfect and it shall never change. Merica!

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ratchet
ratchet

My country's national anthem has very few lyrics yet takes forever to sing

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Martin Nunez
Martin Nunez

Stolen

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Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump

God Bless America

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marinara724
marinara724

any american who doesn't know our anthem disappoints me

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D. Cho
D. Cho

We Murica's national anthem is always the best... Perfect in any way 😂😂

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Elijah Schmidt vlogs
Elijah Schmidt vlogs

2:43 rip 1994 world series

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James WhiteField
James WhiteField

Ah more leftist vox propaganda, gotta love it!!!

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Skrixzy
Skrixzy

shut up go make a biased article

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SantosZox
SantosZox

Do they really not know the words? Idk why they just fit naturally together in my heads I can't imagine not knowing the words. It tells a story very vivid imagery.

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Josiah Warren
Josiah Warren

For the record Whitney did perform a 100% live version during her welcome home heros special!

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Michael Amankwah-Baidu
Michael Amankwah-Baidu

*America wants to know your location*

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European Guy
European Guy

In my opinion i think national anthems are supposed to bring the spark of hope in the people

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James Boyle
James Boyle

Actual best national anthem is Kazakhstan’s from Borat

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that one cuber
that one cuber

The best anthem is fhe soviet anthem

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NotAYouTubeStar
NotAYouTubeStar

Brittish propaganda

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Robert Latorre
Robert Latorre

7:40 nice name

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Chad Ganshirt
Chad Ganshirt

We shouldn't change it.

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Bork cream
Bork cream

Let’s use that song where we stole the tune of some other national anthem! *M Y C O U N T R Y T I S O F T H E E*

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Nogger Fogger logger 69
Nogger Fogger logger 69

Stfu

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MediumMemeMaster
MediumMemeMaster

Here’s why the anthem sucks; You hear it everyday in school and must listen to it every day. The lack of a choice makes it hated. No one cares about it. The country is great, anthem sucks

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Michael Mangraviti
Michael Mangraviti

Replace the American National Anthem with the Soviet anthem then boom perfect.

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Mithren
Mithren

This is pretty disrespectful. “The song is too hard to sing, it sucks” like, come on.

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Mr Pete
Mr Pete

Vox needs to shut up

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Dakota
Dakota

Who’s playing the national anthem at 0:55

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Sofia's World
Sofia's World

Why the YouTube channel Vox is terrible...

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Avionic7779x
Avionic7779x

Just. Let. The. Armed. Forces. Sing. The. Anthem. Please

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doggo
doggo

A good number of examples you gave of people singing don't sound like they could sing Hot Cross Buns. To be fair, I don't think that the difficulty of singing should mean much. It is worth noting that it was written as a poem and put to the tune of a British drinking song (weird combo lol). I do not, however, believe that the difficulty of the song should out way the meaning behind the words.

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RADIOSOAP -Aldy H
RADIOSOAP -Aldy H

*some normal person fails to sing the star spangled theme * Americans: cool *blind person plays it well Americans: kys

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AnOstrichYoutubing
AnOstrichYoutubing

Lol! The crowd booed?! Triggered much?

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Tim Mackie
Tim Mackie

And most of those people in attendance (at least the ones who are still alive now) are probably the same people who now complain about millennials being offended by everything...

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MineFall MG - the stop motion maker
MineFall MG - the stop motion maker

Am I the only one who doesn't have a problem with it?

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ratchet
ratchet

MineFall MG - the stop motion maker no, I'm not even from the USA

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Mohammad Husnul Rahmadi
Mohammad Husnul Rahmadi

maybe american must sing more their national anthem. for example, in indonesia we sing our national anthem every week on monday. :D

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Meghan Mihalko
Meghan Mihalko

Just because you can't sing it it doesn't mean it should change, the world doesn't revolve around you, Vox

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Arvin Gavan
Arvin Gavan

The soviet anthem is still the best

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